The two-day event, designed to familiarise school careers advisors with Lincoln’s offerings, attracted an inquisitive and enthusiastic group of 20 people from all over the country.
The day kicked off with a karakia and welcome, followed by an overview of student life from the Lincoln University Students’ Association and details on campus accommodation options.
Faculty Deans then presented a plethora of information about their academic departments, covering subjects as diverse as agricultural science, business, conservation and pest management, environmental planning, tourism, landscape architecture, sport and recreation, wine and beer, and food safety.
Senior Domestic Liaison Officer Anna Logie said a number of fruitful discussions took place during the faculty presentations.
“It was excellent to see the advisors asking a lot of great questions and the Deans mentioned afterwards how impressed they were with the interest shown.”
The group also received a comprehensive campus tour and details about school courses that could lead into Lincoln degrees.
The advisors reported that they learnt plenty of useful information about the variety of programmes and specialisations available.
Many referenced the impressive number of career opportunities available to graduates, with Lincoln employability statistics placing it at the top of universities in New Zealand.
“It was also great to see how personal the university is and the sense of community it offers,” one advisor said. “The small class sizes would be ideal for many students.”
A highlight of the two-day event included a beer-brewing demonstration hosted by Wine, Food & Molecular Bio-sciences lecturer, Luca Serventi, who described his second year biochemistry course, ‘Principles of Malting and Brewing’.
“As far as I know, this is the only course in New Zealand on beer,” said Dr Serventi. “Other universities may offer individual lectures of short courses, but we are the only ones to offer a full course. It covers the biochemistry of beer and teaches students how to evaluate it, as well as teaching about market trends, environmental challenges, nutrition, and new technologies.
“The careers advisors also attended a beer-bottling session by some of our students and had a taste of the brew.”
Many visitors reported particularly enjoying this demonstration.
One careers advisor summed up the event as follows: “Thank you so much for a fantastic two days. Very best of luck for your team. You can be proud of what you are promoting. I feel Lincoln can go forward and promote itself as a very special university. I feel very confident to support my students selecting Lincoln as a place to study.”